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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Biology

Faculty & Research

Research Strengths

Microbial Cell Biology and Environmental Responses

We use powerful and diverse bacterial model systems to study fundamental biological processes.

We attach fluorophores to novel bacterial proteins and use microscopy to dissect protein localization and molecular function.  Our work reveals the subcellular localization that lies at the heart of bacterial development, motility, and cell division.

We use biochemistry and molecular biology to study gene regulation in response to environmental change.  Our work defines the molecular mechanisms of light color perception, intercellular communication, biofilm formation, and the complex responses to scarce nutrients like iron and sulfur.

We use classical forward genetics to explore the origins of mutation and the social pressures that govern bacterial behavior.  Our work illuminates the evolutionary principles that shape microbial genomes and the complex interactions that lead to multicellularity.

Faculty Member Contact Description
Thumbnail photo for Stephen Bell Stephen Bell
Professor

Microbiology
stedbell [at] indiana.edu
812 856 2331
405A Simon Hall
Molecular Biology of the Archaea
Thumbnail photo for Yves Brun Yves Brun
Clyde Culbertson Professor of Biology

Microbiology
ybrun [at] indiana.edu
812-855-8860/5-7239(lab)
JH 447G / JH 447F (lab)
Mechanism, regulation, and evolution of bacterial shape, differentiation, and biofilm formation.
Thumbnail photo for Patricia Foster Patricia Foster
Professor of Biology

Microbiology
plfoster [at] indiana.edu
812-855-4084/5-4054(lab)
JH 447E / JH 447A(lab)
Mutagenesis, DNA repair, replication, and recombination.
Thumbnail photo for Clay Fuqua Clay Fuqua
Professor and Chair of Biology

Microbiology
cfuqua [at] indiana.edu
812-856-6005/6-5186(lab)
JH 425E /JH 425 (lab)
Attachment, biofilm formation, multicellularity and disease ecology of Agrobacterium tumefaciens
Thumbnail photo for Ke Hu Ke Hu
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
kehu [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0166/5-0311(lab)
MY 216A / MY 230 (lab)
Cytoskeletal biogenesis of apicomplexan parasites.
Thumbnail photo for Daniel Kearns Daniel Kearns
Associate Professor of Biology

Microbiology
dbkearns [at] indiana.edu
812-856-2523/6-2559(lab)
JH 469/JH 432 (lab)
Bacterial motility and multicellular behavior.
Thumbnail photo for David Kehoe David Kehoe
Professor of Biology

Microbiology
dkehoe [at] indiana.edu
812-856-4715
JH A413A
Environmental regulation of gene expression in bacteria.
Thumbnail photo for Jay T. Lennon Jay T. Lennon
Associate Professor

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
lennonj [at] indiana.edu
812-856-0962
JH 261B / JH 261 (lab)
Microbial Ecology and Evolution
Thumbnail photo for Michael Lynch Michael Lynch
Distinguished Professor of Biology, Class of 1954 Professor

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
milynch [at] indiana.edu
812-855-7384/6-0115(lab)
JH 324C / JH 327 (lab)
Evolution; population genetics and genomics; cell biology.
Thumbnail photo for Melanie Marketon Melanie Marketon
Assistant Professor of Biology

Microbiology
mmarketo [at] indiana.edu
812-856-3198/5-6055(lab)
JH 469A/455 (lab)
Molecular mechanisms of pathogenic microbe-host interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Jake McKinlay Jake McKinlay
Assistant Professor of Biology

Microbiology
jmckinla [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0359/5-9332(lab)
JH A309 / A308 (lab)
Microbial metabolism and its role in cell physiology, the environment, and biotechnology.
Thumbnail photo for David Nelson David Nelson
Adjunct: Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

nelsonde [at] indiana.edu
812-856-2813/5-3145(lab)
MS 420
Chlamydial Biology, Microbial Pathogenesis and Pathogen Discovery.
Thumbnail photo for Irene Garcia Newton Irene Garcia Newton
Assistant Professor of Biology

Microbiology
irnewton [at] indiana.edu
812-855-3883
JH 221C
Functional genomics of environmental microbes and symbiosis.
Thumbnail photo for Malcolm Winkler Malcolm Winkler
Professor of Biology; Microbiology Section Associate Chair

Microbiology
mwinkler [at] bio.indiana.edu
856-1318/6-1184/6-1781
JH A414 / JH A410 (lab)
Physiology, molecular genetics, and pathogenesis of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus).
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